Our senior management team
Oona Goldsworthy Chief Executive
Oona joined us as Chief Executive in October 2019 having been CEO at United Communities housing association in Bristol for 16 years. During that time United Communities became known for its entrepreneurial approach, including ethical market rent funded by a social investment fund, modular homes and co housing. Oona is passionate about improving the choices for the older members of our community to be able to live in safe, good quality homes with brilliant care. Oona is also a Board member of Bristol Hospitality Network for Refugees and in 2017 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research global approaches to housing millennials, which includes intergenerational housing.
Brian Whittaker Human Resources & Organisational Development Director
Brian joined Brunelcare in February 2018. Previously he was the Group HR Director of The Aster Group, a social landlord and care and support provider based in Wiltshire. He has extensive experience within human resources including several years as the Employee Relations Manager for Forte Hotels. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Outside work he is a football referee, an enthusiastic cook and a reticent house renovator.
Becky Edwards Finance Director
Becky joined as Finance Director in December 2018. She has over 20 years' experience in financial roles within the public sector. Most of her experience has been gained in Further Education, where she has been Finance Director of two colleges, most recently at City of Bristol College. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry, but tries not to inflict the results of this talent on friends.
Michelle Caine Community Services Director
Michelle joined Brunelcare when she was 21. She was appointed as the manager of Colliers Gardens extra care scheme in 2008, moving on to the community division and managing Bristol and South Gloucestershire services, and was appointed Director of Community Services in 2015. She has worked in a variety of settings including care homes, extra care and as a care recruitment consultant in Bristol before joining Brunelcare.
Michelle Richards Housing and Property Director
Michelle began her career with Brunelcare in 1999, starting as a care assistant within one of the care homes. She was appointed as a care home manager before moving to Brunelcare’s housing division and managing the support services. Michelle was appointed as Brunelcare’s Housing and Property Director in 2018. She has a Level 5 Diploma in Housing with the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a chartered member of the institute.
Sandra Payne Director of Nursing & Care Homes
Trained at the Bath School of Nursing, qualifying in 1986. Worked in acute medical admission wards at the RUH, medical cardiology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and as a District Nurse in South Bristol. Joined Brunelcare in 1993 as a Registered Nurse at Robinson House, initially in a bank nurse role whilst raising two daughters! Became a Senior Registered Nurse and completed further studies at King Alfred's, Winchester, then progressed through to Deputy Care Home Manager, Care Home Manager and Head of Clinical Excellence for the charity. Has led initiatives in End of Life Care and Falls Management and is also the Safeguarding Lead for the Charity. Sandra was appointed Care Homes Director in July 2019.
Matthew Bell Marketing and Business Development Director
Matthew joined Brunelcare in 2018 to head up the charity’s marketing, communications and business development activities. A CIM and CIPR qualified communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the third sector, Matthew was, until joining Brunelcare, Head of Marketing and Communications at St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol. He is passionate about raising awareness of the impact local charities, like Brunelcare, can have. Matthew is also a trustee of Somerset Wildlife Trust. Matthew was appointed Marketing and Business Development Director in July 2019.